Chester & Cheshire

Stoves: Touching Upon Building Regulations

Owning a wood burning stove is a dream for many homeowners, it comes with a range of benefits and brings a cosy ambiance to any room. However, it is important to understand the Building Regulations that apply to the installation of a new stove, chimney or flue. The regulations ensure that all installations are completed safely and that all materials are handled appropriately. Here is a brief guide that touches on the Building regulations, however, it is vital that you read the full and current building regulations to ensure all procedures are correctly followed.


Inspecting Your Chimney Condition & Suitability - When installing a stove, it is important to ensure that the chimney is in a suitable condition. There are a range of properties that must be met which include the chimney remaining structurally sound, the correct size and clear of any obstructions.

Smoke Test & Re-lining Your Chimney - A chimney that is leaking will prevent the installation of your stove, therefore, it is vital that a smoke test is carried out to check for gas tightness. If there is a problem found, the chimney must be relined to ensure that both heat and gas are channeled up through the chimney top - this prevents any combustible materials catching fire.

Depending on your stove and the fuel you burn, you will need a certain liner for your chimney, it is important to ensure that you have the right one. This process also means you need a new flue liner which essentially ensures all the heat, sparks and carbon monoxide are channeled up and outside.

The Hearth - This is the part of the fire that is constructed out of heat-resistant material to reduce the chance of the fire spreading. The hearth should extend a minimum of 300mm in front of the stove with 150mm out from the sides. The edges of the hearth should also be obviously and clearly marked. The thickness depends on the temperature of the hearth and the flooring that it is on.

Ventilation - For a stove to work, it is essential that there is a constant supply of air, to allow this to happen, it is likely that you will need to install a permanently open air vent. The air vent you need is dependant on the air permeability in the room you wish to install in.

Carbon Monoxide - With no smell or taste, Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that can make you ill and in some cases, it can cause death. Fitting a permanent carbon monoxide alarm is now a mandatory rule when installing or replacing a solid fuel appliance.


We hope this article shed some light on the building regulations applicable to installing a stove. It is essential to read the current and most up to date Building Regulations which can be found by contacting your local council to ensure a safe and legal installation.


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